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Police officers are seen in Mogadishu, Somalia, on April 16, 2020. Somali authorities have been holding journalist Mohamed Abdiwahab Nuur incommunicado since early March. (Reuters/Feisal Omar)

Somali journalist Mohamed Abdiwahab Nuur held incommunicado since early March

Nairobi, April 30, 2020 — Somali authorities should immediately release radio journalist Mohamed Abdiwahab Nuur and allow him to work freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Somalia's soldiers patrol in Afgooye, some 30 km south of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, on October 19, 2016. Somali broadcast journalist Abdiwali Ali Hassan was gunned down in Afgooye on February 16, 2020. (AFP/Mohamed Abdiwahab)

Somali freelancer Abdiwali Ali Hassan killed in Lower Shabelle region

New York, February 18, 2020–Somali broadcast journalist Abdiwali Ali Hassan was shot several times near his home in the town of Afgooye, about 30 km (19 miles) outside Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, on February 16, and died on his way to the hospital, according to three local media organizations, his colleagues, and news reports.

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A Somali boy, pictured in August 2018, watches as soldiers for the African Union Mission leave the Mogadishu stadium they used for years as a base. Gunmen in October shot dead a radio journalist in a town about 17km from the capital. (AFP/Mohamed Abdiwahab)

Radio journalist gunned down in Somalia

Nairobi, Kenya, October 31, 2018–Authorities in Somalia should urgently investigate the killing of radio journalist Abdullahi Mire Hashi, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. At least two unidentified gunmen shot Abdullahi in the town of Elasha Biyaha, about 17 km from the Somali capital, Mogadishu, on October 27, according to media reports and two…

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A fisherman carries his catch near a fishing port in Mogadishu on September 14. Authorities in the Somali state of Galmudug have detained a journalist on false news allegations. (Reuters/Feisal Omar)

Somali authorities detain journalist accused of spreading ‘false news’

Nairobi, September 26, 2018–Authorities in the Somali state of Galmudug should immediately release broadcast journalist Mohamed Abdiwali Tohow without charge, the Committee to Protect Journalist said today. Intelligence personnel detained the journalist on September 22 over a report broadcast the previous day for the Mogadishu-based Radio Kulmiye, according to the station’s director, Burhan Dini Farah,…

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A general view shows people walking along a street in Galkayo on April 21, 2015. A radio reporter and photographer was killed in Galkayo on September 19, 2018. (Reuters/Feisal Omar)

Journalist dies in Puntland of injuries sustained in knife attack

Nairobi, September 21, 2018–Police in Puntland, a semi-autonomous region in Somalia, should rigorously investigate the killing of Abdirisak Said Osman, a reporter and photographer with the privately owned radio station Codka Nabada, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Somali journalist dies after suicide bomber targets café

Nairobi, September 14–Somali broadcast journalist Abdullahi Osman Moalim died yesterday from injuries sustained on September 10 when a suicide bomber attacked a café in Beldweyne where members of the press gather, Somalia’s Minister of Information, Abdirahman Omar Osman, and the journalist’s colleagues, told CPJ.

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Al-Jazeera crew detained for 2 days in Somalia

A crew from international broadcaster Al-Jazeera were detained on October 18, 2016, shortly after returning to Mogadishu from assignment, and released on October 20.

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Daud Ali Omar, a producer for Radio Baidoa, was shot dead in his home. (Radio Dalsan)

Gunmen kill a radio journalist in Somalia

Nairobi, May 1, 2015–Unidentified armed men on Wednesday night shot dead Somali journalist Daud Ali Omar at his home, according to local journalists and news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Somali authorities to identify the motive in the murder and apprehend and prosecute the perpetrators. The gunmen broke into Daud’s house at…

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Exiled Ethiopian journalists perform a traditional coffee ceremony in a shared, cramped apartment in Nairobi. A wave of arrests prompted at least 30 Ethiopian journalists to flee into exile in 2014.  (CPJ/Nicole Schilit)

Conflating terrorism and journalism in Ethiopia

At the Lideta courthouse in Ethiopia’s capital city, Addis Ababa, stands a statue of a blindfolded woman holding a set of scales in her outstretched hand–a universal symbol of justice, here cast in metal of pinkish gold and wearing thick braids in her hair.

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Somali journalist shot by gunmen in Mogadishu

Nairobi, April 14, 2015–The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the shooting attack on a Somali photographer in Mogadishu and calls on authorities to thoroughly investigate the case and ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice. Farhan Suleiman Dahir works for the state-run Radio Mogadishu, whose journalists have been targeted several times in recent years.

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